Savennières

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Savennières
Savennières is located in France
Savennières
Savennières
Coordinates: 47°23′02″N 0°39′23″W / 47.3838°N 0.6564°W / 47.3838; -0.6564Coordinates: 47°23′02″N 0°39′23″W / 47.3838°N 0.6564°W / 47.3838; -0.6564
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Maine-et-Loire
Arrondissement Angers
Canton Saint-Georges-sur-Loire
Intercommunality Angers Loire Métropole
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Rémy Martin
Area1 21.01 km2 (8.11 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,157
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 49329 / 49170
Elevation 12–77 m (39–253 ft)
(avg. 20 m or 66 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Savennières is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France.

It lies near the Loire River 15 km (9.3 mi) south west of Angers and is best known for its production of highly rated white wine.

With production predominantly centred on the Chenin blanc grape, it is famed for its particularly long-lasting dry white wine comparable to that of Vouvray.

Savennières wine[edit]

Main article: Savennières wine

The area around Savennières is used for the production of white wine from Chenin blanc grapes. The wines are mostly dry, often produced in a powerful style, and the best examples (such as those produced by Nicolas Joly's Château de la Roche aux Moines) are highly regarded by international wine critics. The Savennières Appellation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) spreads over 3 hills of schist, located on the right (northwest) bank of the Loire river, totaling about 300 hectares, of which about half are currently in production.

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